moments of realization in Poul Anderson's works. In Island In The Sea Of Time (New York, 1998), SM Stirling combines such a moment with apt characterization of this novel's villain. William Walker, having noticed oddities in the enemy's deployments, interrogates a woman prisoner by holding a bloody sword to her throat. When he suddenly understands what the enemy is doing, he is furious and is:
"...suddenly conscious of the woman flopping and gurgling on the ground before him with her throat gashed open..." (pp. 559-560)
This is Walker's equivalent of an Anderson character stiffening and breaking off in mid-sentence.
Walker's antagonist, Alston rallies her troops. When she tells them that they fight for hearths, families, ancestral ashes and, in their terminology, "'...the Wisdoms of your faith...'" (p. 568), she sounds like Horatius but refers to "...the author of The Persians..." (ibid.) -Aeschylus?
"On, sons of Greece! Set free / Your fatherland, set free your
children, wives, / Places of your ancestral gods and tombs of your
ancestors! / Forward for all"
Alston also says:
"'...this sacred isle, this almost-heaven, this village set about with the palisade of the sea against misfortune and the storms of war...'" (ibid.) (See here)
See also a Nicholas van Rijn speech adapting the same passage from Shakespeare here.
Aryuk, prompted by Wanda Tamberly, quotes Hamlet in The Shield Of Time, p. 244.
Janne Floris, posing as a goddess, quotes "...olden wisdom..." from the King James Bible in Time Patrol, p. 613.
Thus, two modern North American sf writers acknowledge debts to older literary traditions.